If you are baking with peaches, in most instances they will need to be peeled.
Vegetable Peeler (optional -see instructions below)
Bowl for Ice Water
Cutting Board and Slicing Knife
- Start off by thoroughly washing the peaches to remove their outer fuzz. (Some people are allergic to the fuzz, so washing them first even though they are going to be peeled will lessen any irritation)
- If the peaches are firm, they may be peeled with a vegetable peeler but in most cases this will not work.
- Bring a 1 or 2 quart pot of water to a boil.
- Make a cross-hatch in the tops and bottoms of the peaches.
- Have a bowl of ice water ready.
- Carefully place 2 -3 peaches in the boiling water. (place on a slotted spoon to gently lower into the water – the closer to the water you bring the peach before placing it in the bath, the less likely the water will splash on you)
- Leave the peaches in the boiling water for 1 -2 minutes (depending on the firmness of the peaches)
- Remove peaches one at a time with a slotted spoon and place in the ice bath, just long enough to cool it down so they can be handled easily)
- Remove from the ice bath and using the paring knife, pull down the skin. If the skin doesn’t come off easily, return to the hot water for anoter 30 – 60 seconds.
- Once all your peaches have been peeled, proceed with the directions in you recipe.